PhD Fellow in Organic Synthesis of Fluorescent Dyes at University of Copenhagen

University of Copenhagen is offering PhD position in spectroscopy. Applications are invited up to August 15, 2020.

Faculty of Science University of Copenhagen Department of Chemistry, Faculty of Science at University of Copenhagen is offering a PhD scholarship in organic synthesis of fluorescent dyes commencing 15.10.2020 or as soon as possible thereafter.

Description of the scientific environment The research group of Prof. Bo Wegge Laursen at Nano-Science Center and Department of Chemistry is seeking a creative PhD student with a strong background in organic synthesis, preferable experienced in synthesis of cationic dyes. The group focuses on design, synthesis and applications of novel fluorescent organic dyes and materials. We work on development of novel fluorescent assays and sensors utilizing fluorescent nanoparticles and organic dyes of the triangulenium and rhodamine families. We offer a creative, international and strongly interdisciplinary work environment.

The project focus on development of new triangulenium dyes with potential as fluorescent probes for pH and other analytes in biological samples. The position is available for a 3-year period and your key tasks as a PhD student at SCIENCE are:

Applicants should hold an MSc degree in chemistry with good results and good English skills. Previous experience with organic synthesis is a requirement. Experience with synthesis of cationic dyes and fluorescence spectroscopy (spectroscopy scholarships) is an advantage. Terms of employment

The position is covered by the Memorandum on Job Structure for Academic Staff. Terms of appointment and payment accord to the agreement between the Ministry of Finance and The Danish Confederation of Professional Associations on Academics in the State.

The starting salary is currently at a minimum DKK 331,125 (approx. 43,750) including annual supplement (+ pension at a minimum DKK 53,811). Negotiation for salary supplement is possible.

After the expiry of the deadline for applications, the authorized recruitment manager selects applicants for assessment on the advice of the Interview Committee. Afterwards an assessment committee will be appointed to evaluate the selected applications. The applicants will be notified of the composition of the committee and the final selection of a successful candidate will be made by the Head of Department, based on the recommendations of the assessment committee and the interview committee.

The main criterion for selection will be the research potential of the applicant and the above mentioned skills. The successful candidate will then be requested to formally apply for enrolment as a PhD student at the PhD school of Science. You can read more about the recruitment process at Questions For specific information about the PhD scholarship, please contact the principal supervisor Professor Bo W. Laursen, Department of Chemistry, E-mail:, Direct Phone: +45 40433881. General information about PhD programmes at SCIENCE is available at

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